Trigger is progressing well in his training. I can't believe how fast he is growing but he is 17 months old and getting more civilized every day. I have put a bareback pad on his back with a loose girth. This past weekend, I decided to try out a saddle girthed up. Trigger had one moment of sidestepping when I first set the girth, but he calmed right down and let me tighten the girth a couple more times. He walked and trotted the round pen for about 10 minutes and was perfectly calm. He acted like wearing a saddle was a perfectly normal thing to do. I am so proud of Trig's progress.
We will spend the winter doing more ground work and desensitization. By spring, we can try a bridle and in summer, some light walk work mounted.